Archinect - News 2017-10-22T13:28:53-04:00 Giant “unity seesaw” to commemorate 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall Alexander Walter 2017-06-06T15:20:00-04:00 >2017-06-06T15:28:58-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The German parliament approved plans to build a Memorial to Freedom and Unity&nbsp;in central Berlin, with an ambitious timetable that envisages the monument&rsquo;s inauguration on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November&nbsp;2019. Designed by the Stuttgart-based architect Johannes Milla and the Berlin choreographer Sasha Waltz, the monument will commemorate the protest movement that toppled the East German communist regime and led to the reunification of Germany in 1990.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The monument is animate and is not to be approached merely as an object for contemplation," Milla &amp; Partner state on their&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">website</a>. "The intention is that people shall actually enter it and walk on it and set it in motion, movement being achieved by visitors working together as a group."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>"The design was created in a spirit where, by means of creative action, individuals are enabled to bring benefit to the community and as a consequence shape society. The visitors themselves - the citizens who set the whole in motion - become an active part of the monument. The vision is that it will be an aesthetically ambitious, continually changing choreographic expression of the Peaceful Revolution of 1989."</p><p><em>Images via&nbsp;</em></p> "swing" by JerusaLAB Architecture Archinect 2013-05-01T13:44:00-04:00 >2013-05-01T17:56:27-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> Israeli practice JerusaLAB Architecture has sent us a tiny but mighty project titled simply, <em>swing</em>: a seesaw penetrating the massive concrete border fence between Israel and Palestine.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> "The project claims to portray the possibility for peaceful acts in the Israeli Palestinian environment where face to face relationships are absent," designers Elena Mann and Eldar Gantz explain.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> "Placing a swing inside a concrete element of the separation wall is an act that requires a blind cooperation and trust. The work suggest a positive romantic view on a conflictual relationship manifested in concrete borderline disorder."</p> <p> <strong>Project Credits:</strong></p> <p> Architects: Elena Mann &amp; Eldar Gantz<br> JerusaLAB Architecture, Jerusalem</p> <p> Elena Mann is an interdisciplinary designer based in London. Eldar Gantz is an architect/artist based in Jerusalem.</p>